Justice

Alec Garnett

Colorado Democrats unveil gun control bills in aftermath of Boulder shooting

BY: - April 30, 2021

State Democrats on Thursday announced a trio of bills aimed at addressing gun violence, weeks after the March 22 mass shooting in Boulder. The proposals include removing Colorado’s prohibition on local gun regulations, strengthening background checks, and establishing an office focused on gun violence prevention and intervention. Not on the menu, at least for now: […]

State lawmaker describes BLM protest as anti-government

BY: - April 30, 2021

Earlier this year, Alan Kennedy, a captain in the Colorado National Guard, emailed state lawmakers to let them know he had sued his commanders after they reprimanded him last year for attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Denver last May.  Kennedy said he was hoping lawmakers would show their support. But one made a […]

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Without lawyer, immigrants face intimidation and complex system alone

BY: - April 29, 2021

For centuries, people of all backgrounds have fled persecution seeking a better life and opportunities for their families. Coming from a Jewish background, my ancestors struggled for centuries to find a place where they were safe and welcome. Just like many Americans, my great-great grandparents immigrated to the United States because of its promises of […]

Boulder City Council gives initial OK for $2.7M to clear homeless encampments and hire more ‘eyes on the ground’

BY: - April 29, 2021

Boulder City Council members on Tuesday night gave the green light for city staff to move forward with four proposals that would ultimately increase the policing of people experiencing homelessness and the enforcement of the city’s camping ban.  Council members unanimously supported creating an encampment cleanup team to be located within the city’s Utilities Department. […]

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Colorado AG launching independent investigation into air-quality whistleblower complaint

BY: - April 27, 2021

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is moving to launch an independent investigation of allegations made last month by a group of whistleblowers that the state’s air-quality agency has for years illegally issued permits to industrial polluters. In a request for information issued on Monday, the Colorado Department of Law solicited proposals from outside law firms […]

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Even with moratorium extension, an eviction crisis looms. Right-to-counsel laws give renters a better chance.

BY: and - April 23, 2021

The timeless trope of the Miranda warning is familiar to most anyone who’s watched a post-Perry Mason police questioning: The U.S. Constitution guarantees criminal defendants the right to an attorney — including court-appointed advocates for those who can’t afford one. Far fewer realize such broad federal protections don’t extend to civil law, including for those […]

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People leaving prison would get Colorado ID cards under state bill

BY: - April 23, 2021

People leaving the prison system often have to jump through hoops to get a state-issued identification card. For them, it’s just another obstacle in the way of securing a new job, finding housing or reuniting with family members. An agreement between Colorado agencies already removes that obstacle for many people. It’s aimed at reducing their […]

Landmark police reform law from 2020 would get a boost under follow-up legislation

BY: - April 23, 2021

Last June, as protests in Denver, Minneapolis and across the nation highlighted police violence and racial injustice, the Colorado General Assembly passed landmark legislation aimed at holding law enforcement officers accountable for wrongdoing. Now, that 2020 law’s Democratic House sponsor, Rep. Leslie Herod of Denver, is following up with another wide-ranging bill. With House Bill […]

Coloradans could know as soon as Friday whether the state will gain another seat in Congress

BY: - April 22, 2021

Coloradans will soon know whether the state will gain another congressional seat for the next election — a key question that will shape the state’s once-in-a-decade redistricting process. Carly Hare, an unaffiliated voter and chair of the state’s newly formed independent congressional redistricting commission, announced during the group’s public meeting on Wednesday that the U.S. […]

Boulder shooting suspect faces 43 additional charges, including for large-capacity magazines

BY: - April 22, 2021

In a press conference marking one month since 10 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Boulder grocery store, law enforcement officials acknowledged Thursday that it’s only the beginning of a “long and difficult journey” for victims’ families and the community at large. “It’s because of the victims and their families that we’re […]

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A just verdict is not justice, it’s accountability — and we need more

BY: - April 22, 2021

It took about 10 hours for a jury to convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd, but we should not conflate the win with justice — this was accountability, and we need more of it. A stark reminder of the work yet to be done came when moments after the jury […]

Criminal records linger long after a conviction. This bill would allow more people to seal their records.

BY: - April 21, 2021

When Steffan Richardson was released from prison after serving a year-long sentence, he felt like he was starting from scratch. “I had nothing,” Richardson, who is now the director of business development for Denver-based nonprofit Tribe Recovery Homes, told lawmakers on Tuesday. “I struggled to find stable housing and a good job like I once […]